We all know that Katherine starts off every day with a lukewarm glass of lemon water but not a day goes by where she doesn’t get asked why. While drinking lemon water in the mornings can help wake up your body, improve digestion and boost metabolism, adding lemons to your diet in any capacity has so many health benefits.
Benefits of Lemons
Loaded with vitamin C, antioxidants and a decent amount of fiber, this citrus fruit is low in calories and possesses several micronutrients.
Boosts Immunity – The high levels of vitamin C present in lemons helps boost immunity. Lemons also contain antioxidants which fight inflammation and free radicals, thereby also helping to increase immunity.
Helps Fight Cancer – Studies show that the substantial amount of antioxidants present in lemons is significant enough to help fight cancer. Lemons also possess the compounds hesperidin and d-limonene, both of which are known to help with cancer prevention; making lemons the perfect cancer-fighting food.
Promotes Weight Loss – Low in calories but high in flavor, lemon water is not only refreshing but it’s also a great choice when trying to lose weight especially when you’re craving a naturally refreshing and diet friendly drink. It also helps boost metabolism and is thus best consumed in the morning when your metabolism is at its peak.
Supports Cardiovascular Health – Rich in vitamin C, lemons help to optimize heart health and lower blood which supports overall cardiovascular health and helps lower the risk of heart disease.
Stimulates Skin Health – Known for its anti-aging abilities, lemons help promote a healthy complexion which is why it’s a common ingredient found in many natural skincare products. The antioxidants prevent free radicals and oxidative stress, both of which can lead to signs of aging like dark spots, wrinkles and reduced elasticity.
Inhibits Kidney Stones – Lemons contain citric acid which helps to increase urine production and is a natural remedy for people who suffer from kidney stones.
Enhances Iron Absorption – As an essential mineral, iron provides the body with the oxygen it requires. Vitamin C enhances iron absorption which is why lemons are a great go to for people who suffer from an iron deficiency.
In addition to the above health benefits, lemons are also a great option when it comes to natural cleaning products. Similar to vinegar, the acid makes them antibacterial and antiseptic plus it smells fresh and delicious which is why it’s the perfect choice.
Lemons are also very versatile when it comes to using them in recipes. They taste amazing in both savory and sweet dishes like our lemon dill salmon and lemon squares. We also love adding juice or zest to our favorite salad dressings, pastas or baked goods to lighten things up with some citrus flavor and for the wonderful aromatics that they provide.